RELIGIONS AND MORALS
Religions are supposed to be the guardians of morals. But the guardians of religions are increasingly getting exposed for their moral turpitude now-a-days. The charges of molestation, rape and intimidation of women for sexual exploitation on the Babas, Maulvis and Catholic priests are reported more frequently in the media.
Earlier, such allegations used to be suppressed and the victims used to suffer silently. This was because of the popular and political support enjoyed by the godmen in high places protected them. The police and other law-enforcing authorities dared not touch them because politicians in power patronised them as their followers constituted a considerable vote bank.
The mega moral scam of godman Gurmit Singh Ram Rahim who ran a dera, which became a state within the state, was exposed. He was prosecuted and punished for rape of his woman followers, one of whom who dared to turn against him and some honest CBI officers and the court stood by the victim. Since then there have been exposures of several Hindu godmen, big and small, being prosecuted for running their camps for dispensing God’s blessing and at the same time indulging in criminal activities and sent to jail.
As for Islam with its inbuilt gender exploitation such as polygamy and instant divorce, crime against women are rarely reported. The women are in constant threat of legal arbitrary divorce and do not dare to complain.
However there have been reports of Maulavis of religious schools molesting girls.
The latest exposure of sexual exploitation has come out from the Christian clergy who are supposed to be sophisticated and Western. A senior nun of the Catholic sect has gone to police for her being raped several times over a period by a bishop, Dr.Franco of the Catholic Diocese of Jalandar. The nun said that she had reported the matter to the Cardinal in Kochi who did not take any action against the bishop. Another scam involving several parish priests blackmailing women who go for ritual confession, to get sexual favours has been exposed in Kerala. According to Christian religions practices, periodical confession of one’s sins is essential before a priest and the priest is to keep the confession a secret. The accused priests threatened the women of making their sins public, else they should repeat the sin with the priests too. Police are looking into the complaints of the victims.
It all shows the dispensers of God’s favours across all religions have been sexually exploiting women in the name of God.